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UN relief workers describe unbearable scenes in Gaza

Disturbingly, bodies are lined up in the courtyard, highlighting the gravity of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region.

The Ahli and Shifa hospitals stand as witnesses to the devastating toll of a 10-week-long war in Gaza. UN relief workers, delivering supplies to these facilities, reported scenes described as “unbearable.” Patients confined to their beds with untreated injuries desperately call for water, while the scant number of remaining healthcare professionals struggle with a critical shortage of essential supplies. Disturbingly, bodies are lined up in the courtyard, highlighting the gravity of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region.

Desperate Pleas Amid Demolished Cityscape

Israeli troops, engaged in fierce combat with Hamas militants, have demolished vast swaths of the city, exacerbating the challenges faced by medical professionals and relief workers. Bombardment and fighting persist, further complicating the situation. However, with Gaza’s internet and communication lines severed for a second consecutive day, obtaining real-time details on the ongoing violence becomes an uphill task.

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Humanitarian Aid Hindered by Deadly Blast

Efforts to alleviate the crisis faced a setback when a blast struck the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel into Gaza. This incident, which claimed at least four lives, prompted the UN to halt its aid pickups in the area. The crossing, which had only recently been reopened to allow aid into Gaza under pressure from the US, now stands as a grim reminder of the challenges humanitarian organizations face in delivering much-needed assistance.

Widespread Food Insecurity Grips the Population

With the supply routes to Gaza severely restricted, the World Food Programme highlights a grim reality: 90 percent of the population regularly goes without food for an entire day. The consequences of this food insecurity add an additional layer of urgency to the already dire humanitarian situation.

Struggling Health Facilities in the Crosshairs

In the north, only nine out of Gaza’s 36 health facilities remain partially functional, all situated in the southern region. The World Health Organization reveals that Israeli forces have raided several health facilities in the north, detaining individuals for interrogation and expelling others. Patients who cannot be moved are left in these compromised facilities, attended to by skeleton staff.

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In the midst of this escalating crisis, the need for international attention and coordinated efforts to address the humanitarian plight in Gaza has never been more critical. The toll on the civilian population, the strained healthcare system, and the challenges faced by aid organizations paint a grim picture that demands immediate action and global solidarity.